A Greenwood High School honor student who learned in class about court rulings striking down school prayer has found a real-world application -- his own graduation ceremony.
Eric Workman's lawsuit, filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, challenges the high school's practice of allowing seniors to vote on whether to have a student-led prayer at graduation.
ACLU attorney Ken Falk said allowing the vote and even having the prayer run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that found prayers at public school-sponsored events to violate the First
"This is particularly egregious when it's coming from a student who's going to be sitting on the stage," Falk said. Workman, 18, is ranked first in his class, the lawsuit says.
Good for him! It can be difficult to deal with small religious towns in Indiana, and this kid is probably getting a lot shit for what he's doing. So I send kudos his way for helping keep church and state separated!
Of course, not everyone is as understanding...
The Rev. Shan Rutherford, pastor of Greenwood Christian Church for more than three decades, said he disagrees with the proposition that such a prayer would violate a student's rights.Rev. Rutherford, I think you need to sit in on that government class Workman learned so much from.
"If I lived in a Muslim nation, a Hindu nation or anything else, I would expect to go along with the majority," Rutherford said. "He's trying to go with minority rule. To me, that's wrong in a democracy, one that was founded on Christian principles.""If you don't agree, I don't think you should try to stop other people from exercising their rights."
Anyone who still claims that America was founded on Christian principles shows how little they know about our government's history, since that trope has been destroyed over and over. But worse than that is his failure to comprehend the idea of "majority rule, minority rights." Just because Christians are in the majority doesn't mean they get to have everything their way, especially when it infringes upon the rights of the minority. Removing a school prayer doesn't make it an atheist ceremony, representing a majority of Americans - it makes it a secular ceremony, representing everyone. I would be just as a against someone getting up on stage an talking about how there is no God, religion is stupid, and anyone who believes in God is deluded. That would be totally inappropriate for a public school graduation, just as a prayer would.
Ah, Christian persecution complex. Lovely, isn't it?
(Hat tip to Tom)